If you have a curious mind, then in your lifetime you’d come across several unusual facts that make up the Guinness World Records. Some of these records include things like the skinniest, shortest, or heaviest man in the world, which was attained by the Bainbridge-Island born Jon Brower Minnoch who remains the heaviest human being ever recorded.
From an early age, Minnoch was diagnosed with massive generalized edema which was characterized by an unrelenting increase of his body weight. As of the time of his birth in September 1941, no other human has been recorded to amass such weight upon birth. Even, the Mexican Juan Pedro Franco who is the current heaviest man weighs 595 kg compared to the 635 kg recorded by Minnoch at his peak.
7 Things To Know About Jon Brower Minnoch’s Life
Born on the 29th of September 1941, Jon Brower Minnoch is remembered as an American who was the heaviest human ever as he weighed a massive 635 kg (100 stone or 1,400 lb). While that has come to be his legacy, sort of, how he lived continues to pique the interest of many.
1. He Did Not Have Any Form of Education
It should be noted that Jon Brower’s weight did not give him a break to pursue and go through the course of education; there are no records of him even being homeschooled. Unfortunately at the age of 12, he already weighed about 294 Ib (133 kilograms). This is a very abnormal weight for someone of that age and to put things in perspective, he was almost a hundred pounds weightier when compared to a newborn elephant.
2. Living Was a Herculean Task for Jon Brower Minnoch
For Jon, living was strenuous and required great effort. On several of the many occasions, he needed to be at the hospital, it took over a dozen firemen and rescue personnel to transport him on a stretcher. Yeah, it was that difficult getting himself around. Also, changing his linens and sheets was laborious as it took about thirteen persons to roll him over the two beds he occupied for a linen change. His condition did not allow him to go wherever he wished; he was either stuck at home or to hospital beds.
3. But His Condition Didn’t Stop Him from Finding Love
Although not much is known about the American and Washington native, some of the events surrounding his life showed how simple and freely he wanted to live despite his obese nature, which limited his movements. In 1978, he got married to his beloved Jeannette, who gave birth to two beautiful children for him until his eventual death in the wee hours of September 10, 1983. But, could this be all he wished or dreamed of?
4. Jon and Jeannette Set a Guinness Record
It hardly came as a surprise in 1978 when Jon and Jeannette entered the Guinness Record as the greatest difference in weight between a married couple. While Jon weighed about 300 kg, his wife weighed just 50 kg. As stated earlier, their union would last until 1983 when Jon died. From all indications, Jeannette was a loving wife who stood through thick and thin with Jon even in his last days. It is said that his death broke the heart of the mother of two.
5. Jon’s Record Remains Unbroken
It’s been almost four decades since Jon’s demise but his record for being the world’s heaviest man remains unbroken. Although the title has been shared over the years amongst Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari (610 kg) Manuel Uribe (597 kg), Juan Pedro Franco (595 kg), and Carol Yager (544 kg), none has beat the weight mark of Jon Brower Minnoch.
6. He Holds The Second Largest Human Weight Loss Ever Documented
After he was diagnosed with edema, his struggles with his weight began to set in other health challenges for Minnoch. As such, he frequented the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle for check-ups. By 22, he weighed 500 Ib (230 kg), and by 36, he was hospitalized after a cardiac and respiratory organ failure because his body retained extracellular fluid.
Following months of series of treatment and adherence to a strict diet, all would seem well for the young man who was discharged from the hospital after shedding about 1000 kg chunk of weight. As recorded, it was estimated that he lost 924 lb (419 kg or 66 st). Until in November 2017 when it was reported that Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari lost 542 kg, it was the largest weight loss ever documented.
7. The Death of Jon Brower Minnoch
It took Jon 16 months and a diet that consisted of just 1,200 calories a day to set his largest weight loss record. Unfortunately, he had a set back in his condition in 1981 and it saw the man who was once a taxi driver put on over 89 kg. When the University of Washington Medical Center could not continue with his treatment, it was discontinued and 23 months later, Jon Brower Minnoch lost the battle to edema. He was barely 41-years-old when he died.